In a new year message to the health service, Mr Brown paid tribute to staff. ‘Whenever I have visited hospitals, GP surgeries and health centres across the country, people tell me of their huge admiration for our doctors, our nurses,’ he said.
But he added that the NHS needed to be ‘more personal and responsive to individual needs’.
‘[We] will be setting out how the NHS needs to continue to reform to meet the new challenges of 21st century healthcare and 21st century lives,’ he said.
‘We will also examine how all these changes can be enshrined in a new constitution of the NHS setting out for the first time the rights and responsibilities associated with an entitlement to NHS care,’ he added.